The Qabalistic Thoth Hermetic Tarot:THREE OF WANDS: VIRTUE.
This card is a Christmas Card, for it is about the Union of Chokma (Masculine Energy Conscious-King) and Binah (Feminine Energy Conscious-Queen) and the resulting birth of the Prince which is Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Astrologically, the entrance of the Sun (circle with a center dot) into Aries ( the V sign at the bottom) heralds the Spring.
This is the harmonious union of I (Chokma), Am (Binah) and Me (the Personality). It is Spiritual Integrity, as the three aspects of Spirit are conjoined.
Virtue, is always being true to yourself
; this Truth being the union of spirit, body and mind conjoined in agreement. Some people would call this listening to your heart and acting with heart felt determination. What ever you call it, without self-trust, Virtue is not possible and our self-dishonesty will make us victims of our own deceit which in turn makes progress impossible. Therefore the 3 of Wands card reminds us to clarify and redefine out Identity to the Original Form of I AM Me and no longer accept identity from those around us and/or our environment.
We are not Man-Made, we are Spirit---a spiral energy conscious that spins through time-space building self-images from the first material of thought. All of us are the Princes and Princesses of The Divine King and Queen of this Universe, i.e. Children of God/the Divine Creative, and we inherit the Universe.
The 3 of Wands card represents great strength in individual expression which when ill defined, can also mean egocentricity which may manifest as pride and conceit. Pride and conceit are easily avoided by treating others as you want to be treated, although achieving that without Virtue is not done. The 3 of Wands card also symbolizes the Fire of Will, and increasing energy known as the inner fire and/or inner light; the spiritual power that is inherent in our bodies.
Often we have heard the name of God and/or the Divine Creative defined as I AM. We have forgotten what that the birth of self-image is called "ME", the Child of I Am, who through union of Identity (I) and existence (AM) becomes more than the sum of its parts=ME! Yet many of our religions, no matter how convoluted, say that we are made in God's image which should also give us a clue!
Therefore this card is about the creation of the Inner Fire that builds the Life of the Outer Self out of the Big Three of Creation: Will (I), Passion (AM) and Intent (ME)! All of us have inherited this Inner Fire that defines Beauty in this physical world...and we are that Definition!
The Birth of Christ, or the Buddha consciousness that is the "Son/Sun" of the Divine Creative, was our first conscious birth, represented on the Qabalistic Tree of Life as the 6th Sephira-Tiphareth/Beauty. We should love that inner fire that lights the dark manger of our outer bodies but many of us seek for it "outside" of ourselves; hence we knowingly or unknowingly reject our wholly birthright. By being true to yourself, you can not only "see" the "inner Bright and Warm Higher Conscious", the "Sun of the Divine Creative, but also feel it. However to be true to you, Virtue must be defined in your actions.
I AM ME and by being the best Me I can be...I see the best you!
Each of us is another way to be Me and therefore know that Me is all about possibilities and is not written in non-flowing stone...it's written in the flow of Solar Logos Light! We are the Children of Stars who came to enlighten ourselves and the children of Planets by making them in our own image, i.e. giving them our identity. So Adopt your Body with loving acceptance---as you would the Christ Child because it is the outer child of the Inner Light! Virtue built the body, so it could Be itself! Virtue states," I Am the Will and the Way, and I own the Day"!
Remember, we can't have days, unless we have forms made of time-space. My body, makes my day! To Love my body is to have a day of love.... to not love being, is to not be and that sadly states that we only have yesterdays. To avoid being "wanna-bees" (those who don't live in the now) we must remember our true Virtuous name---I AM and we must love the experience that name gives us ---"ME"! All other names, are masks of entertainment.
The Qabalistic Thoth 3 of Wands-Virtue:
In the Suit of Fire, the Three of Wands is Springtime, thus the flowering lotus wands are shown. The Sun is exalted in Aries and the number 3 is Binah (Understanding) on the Tree of Life which means that the Sun has rekindled the Great Mother.
In the Three of Wands, Primal Energy is established, as the Will (Spirit) has been transferred to the Great Mother, who prepares, conceives, and gives birth to the Will as manifestation.
Since the Sun is at its zenith in Aries, there is a caution of overdoing it ...too much Sun can kill.
There is an underlying admonishment suggested in this card
, one must seek patience and perseverance or succumb to over weaning ambition. With this much force focused on the personality, Virtue is indeed a... virtue.
In the case of the Thoth Three of Wands, Virtue is "always being true to one's Self" which means don't violate yourself for any reason. Since I know that everyone I see is another way to be me, I understand that by thinking ill of or mistreating others in anyway, I violate my own bodies balance, as it must enact my emotional-energetic- thought. Emotional thought, is ambitious thought and with this much fiery motion (e-motion) thoughts seek ambitiously to bloom! Thoughts must be well guarded before they are let out of the "pen" of the brain; be not afraid to examine the seed before you cast it!
The Sun is full-out and Shinning in the Three of Wands, a great emotional period of powerful energy is upon the querent, who must be Virtuous at all times., "or be slain by the Arrows of Apollo".
This is also full on sexual energy, and can be quite a rush towards creation! But again, be Virtuous/true to yourself, or "all hell will break loose". Now don't get me wrong, this is not about Chasity, this is about the type of energetic manifestation of the Solar Phallus, that Tantric practitioners seek to experience, as it enlivens the dormant seeds of self, just as spring does to the dormant seeds of winter. But this can become uncontrollable to the untrained personality, so take great care with great energy.These DNA "seeds", are all strung together, and there are "seeds" of DNA that one doesn't want to awaken prematurely.
The Jungian Tarot, 3 of Wands-Fantasy:
Focuses on the subjective side of this card. Here there really is an objective side unless one experiences this energy flow of the inner sun/son, consciously.
Therefore, the Jungian 3 of wands, means mystery and fantasy. Here flow feelings "without object"; a powerful yet subtle flow of energy as if it was a undertowing current not seen on the surface of a disarmingly placid river.
The Three of wands of the Jungian Tarot is therefore a card of the occult (hidden), of the Arcane, and of religion. It suggests deeply hidden but controlling currents that exist in the Collective Unconscious. It is a card of collective energy, rather than individual energy: I AM ME.
Here, our individuality is absorbed into something greater, a Collective which is a positive growth experience is done consciously. Rather than passive -reactive imagination, this is a card that depicts Active Imagination.
When thrown during a divination, the Three of Wands, the Fiery Spirit is focusing on the Querent and great things can be done:
- Here is the Hermetic process of "watching the watcher".
- There is realization of hope, completion of labor, and success in the struggle.
- There is also an Establishment of force, strength, and even Pride with wealth, power, maybe a little conceit....which can become greatly conceited in a flash!
- There is a gift of great Energetic Will here, but be cautious, for if one is lacking in focused conscious control while driving a 70 horse-powered car, there is often room for recovery; However, if the car is of 400 horse-power, and the driver lacks focus, you will be lucky to live through the accident. This card, the Three of Wands, is of at least 1000 horse-power, the "driver" must focus all their skill here.
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